All the people in your life give you tips and tricks to survive going to college, especially when you're a freshman. Don't party too hard, do some networking and go to class, even if you have an 8 a.m. Yet, not once did anyone tell me that living in dorms is a one-way ticket to be sick at least once a month.
So, I'm here to tell you what to do when your own immune system fails you in a college dorm.
1. Get in a hot shower ASAP.
One, you want to get rid of the germs all over your body so get as clean as you possibly can. Two, the steam will open up your nasal passage to empty a clogged or runny nose. The heat will help with your cough and make your throat feel at least a bit better. If you can, put some Vick's VapoRub on your chest to soothe it. Three, you'll just feel better in general- who wants to lay in their own filth?
2. Grab some comfort food.
Whether it's Postmates or hacking the dining hall, this is a definite. Be a little lenient with yourself and your wallet, you're sick! Grab some tomato soup and grilled cheese, some warm chicken noodle soup or anything else you can think of! Starbucks' sick tea is a lifesaver and some sweet snacks to treat yourself never hurt anyone!
3. Take a look at what medicines you have.
Be responsible about the medicines you take, but some Emergen-C mixed with some orange juice will boost your immune system. NyQuil is a great soothing medicine that'll also help you sleep through the night. Ibuprofen is great for those pounding headaches.
4. Do some self-care.
Turn on your favorite movie or bingeable TV show, grab a face mask, get into your comfiest PJs and settle into bed. The best thing you can do for your body is just relax! Stress will add to your sickness.